Sunset Rooftop Wedding in New York: Imogen + Reuben

New York rooftop wedding

Happy Friday, friends! We’re prettttty excited about today’s gorgeous NYC wedding, which felt like just the thing to wind down this lovely week on a high note. Half the guests from this celebration flew in from Australia to witness Imogen, an aussie girl, and Reuben, an american boy, get married at sunset on a rooftop overlooking the Hudson River. Imogen looked like a modern-bohemian goddess (we just made that up, but we think it’s going to soon be a thing) in her stunning Johanna Johnson gown + headpiece and the mix of city and nature represented in the wedding setting was a perfect reflection of these two adventurous souls. What do you say we hear a bit more about their inspiration before checking out the gorge photos Bayly & Moore captured of the day…

Our inspiration for our wedding day was our love of nature, vintage and New York. We met and fell in love in Manhattan and got engaged at a cabin in the woods, so an urban loft with a rooftop garden overlooking Manhattan felt like a good mix of city and nature. From the moment we met we’ve always loved doing camping trips together and searching for old things at little antique stores along the way. So that inspired us to make our reception feel like an intimate candlelit dinner party in the woods which we did through using lots of moss, branches and wild florals and we also brought in old books and vintage mason jars from our home that we’ve collected on those trips.

New York rooftop wedding

Johanna Johnson wedding dress

Did we nail her description with “modern-bohemian goddess” or what?!

Johanna Johnson wedding dress

Johanna Johnson wedding dress

MK by Melissa Kritsotakis dresses

And Imogen tells us, The inspiration behind the bridesmaids dresses was sort of ‘maidens of the forest’ with whimsical flowing material, flower crowns and loose bouquets.

Johanna Johnson veil

ceremony programs

New York rooftop wedding

Processional: Grow Old with Me – Tom Odell (Acoustic Version)

Recessional: Litty Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

First Dance: Nothing Can Change this Love – Sam Cooke

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

rooftop wedding party

cocktails on the roof

New York rooftop wedding

What a seriously dreamy shot!

New York rooftop wedding

New York wedding

My favorite moment was when Reuben and I got to have time alone together after our ceremony, walking through the cobble stone streets of New York as the sunset. It was so surreal and exciting to realize you are married and are going to spend the rest of your life with your favorite person. It was extra special to us as it was also a moment for us to say goodbye to New York. We were leaving the next day to fulfill our dream of traveling around the world for a year, so it was a nice moment for us to get excited about not only the amazing night ahead but also all the adventures to come.

New York wedding

New York wedding

cocktail band

pink peonies

calligraphy escort cards

christmas crackers

We used an Australian Christmas tradition of crackers for our table settings, which guests could pull open with the person next to them to reveal the menu, paper hats, wearable candy & fortune fish which was a great ice breaker for all the out-of-towners. For our favors we gave out our two favorite things (bacon and coffee beans) covered in our third favorite thing (chocolate) which were from a candy store in Reuben’s hometown in Pennsylvania.

christmas crackers

pink peonies

wood slice table numbers

pink cake

See even more in I + R’s sweet wedding video by Grimace Films:

Try to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on the little details like addressing envelopes, table name cards, making programs etc. If you can order it all online or ask your bridesmaids to help it will make things so much more relaxing for you. We are so glad that we used 'Appycouple' to create our own wedding app and website. It was very easy to set up and our guests loved having all the info on their phone. Repurposing decorations throughout the day is a great way to reduce costs. Our florist/day-of-coordinator helped repurpose the down the aisle floral bouquets for the reception tables and our ceremony arch became decorations inside. Make sure you get some time after the ceremony with just you two. We did our couple photos during the cocktail hour and it was so nice to have that time to each other before the party really kicks off. After all, the day is about you two.

photography: Bayly & Moore // venue: Studio 450 New York, New York // event design + planning: Imogen Hower (Bride) // florals + day of coordination: Lindsay Rae Designs // wedding dress + hairpieces: Johanna Johnson in New York // shoes: Ivanka Trump – Bloomingdales // bridesmaid dresses: MK by Melissa Kritsotakis // hair + makeup: Face the Day NY // groom suit: The Ludlow Shop from J.Crew // videography: Grimace Films // invitations + paper goods: Designed by Aaron Saxton & printed by Paper Presentation in New York // catering: Michael Stuart NY // cake: Magnolia Bakery // music: Ainslie Street Vibes // dj: Friend from Australia

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Our Current Favorite Pieces From Gorjana

Gorjana Jewelry

One of the things we always look for when checking out a bride’s style is how she accessorized + what type of jewelry she decided to go with. Maybe we’re just accessory addicts, but we really do think that it’s all in the details – and the perfect necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings can really pull together your whole look. One of our go-tos for finding the best jewelry for a special occasion – or everyday – is Gorjana. Gorjana is a socially conscious lifestyle company that makes fashionable, high quality accessories for women and men. Born from the design and business ambition of husband and wife, Gorjana + Jason Griffin Reidel, whose bi-coastal residencies have fused a West Coast lifestyle inspiration with the sophistication and polish of East Coast trends into each design and collection, simple everyday pieces are the heart of their collections – perfect also for the bride who lives for layering + feminine, delicate jewelry. We especially love that it is perfect for your special day and then to wear everyday after!

Today, we’re sharing some of our current faves from Gorjana that would be perfect for just about any occasion – holiday parties, weddings, bridesmaids gifts or just everyday wear!

Jewelry from Gorjana

1. Vine Necklace // 2. Diamond Chloe Studs // 3. Carina Midi Ring Set // 4. Mila Necklace // 5. Laurel Bangle // 6. Diamond G Ring Set // 7. Taner Charm Bracelet

Gorjana Jewelry

8. Leda Studs // 9. Taner Bar Small Necklace // 10. Mika Mini Plate Necklace // 11. Taner Wrapped Cuff // 12. Shimmer Marquee Ring // 13. Marin Disc Cuff // 14. Stackable Rings // 15. Mika Cutout Drop Earrings // 16. Shimmer Disc Ring to Midi Connector

One of our favorite ways to wear Gorjana pieces is by layering the necklaces, rings or bracelets. We also love that they share lots of their favorite ways to layer pieces on their site…

Gorjana jewelry

 

 Such pretty pieces, right?! Which ones are your fave?

See more of Gorjana’s beautiful layering pieces on their website.

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Fall Woodland Wedding Inspiration

bohemian woodland inspiration

Neutral colors + earthy elements just say FALL in big letters, right? And the creatives behind today’s styled shoot, Jessica Charles Photography, the Ever After Barn + Taylormade Wedding and Event Florals, wanted to take those concepts and create an inspirational wedding environment filled with nods to the season + a rich, natural woodland feel. Think feathers, moss, raw wood, and touches of muted gold. And for a fun twist, they added vintage-inspired owl elements, which we think would be so sweet to consider for your fall wedding or Thanksgiving tablescape!

bohemian woodland invitation

bohemian woodland inspiration

boho braided bride

woodland berry bouquet

bohemian woodland inspiration

woodland boutonniere

woodland bride

bohemian woodland inspiration

Fall owl

grass backdrop

The team staged lots of fun vignettes for the shoot, like a mossy ceremony (and cake!) backdrop, a rustic woodland reception table, and a fun lace-tented lounge.

boho woodland tablescape

chalkboard seating chart

fruit cup plate setting

mercury candle holders

gold rimmed goblets

fruit cup plate setting

boho woodland tablescape

woodland vintage dessert bar

naked fig cake

And since we just adore all of those little owl details scattered about, we pulled together a little round-up of our fave owl finds for you to incorporate into your wedding or holiday decor plan:

s'mores macarons

s'mores macarons

tea bath favor bar

One of our fave elements of this editorial is the Tea Bath favor bar. Great inspiration for a unique favor idea!

Cassandra from Ever After Barn says, When trying to come up with an idea of a favor I wanted to try to find something that went along with the earthy organic feel of the shoot. About a year ago I attended an art retreat were we focused on herbs and flowers, the benefits of them, and ways to use them. One of the products we made was a tea bath. Just like the herbal teas we drink a tea bath is made using a variety of different dry herbs and botanical to create a pleasing fragrance and taste. Tea baths are obviously not consumed, but rather enjoyed for their aromatherapy and other health benefits.

To create a tea bath you will need 3 simple things:

1. Items to make up your tea bath. This can be any combination of herbs, botanical, salts, cinnamon sticks, fruit peels or oatmeal. Salts, herbs, and botanicals can be found online on sites such as Etsy, or in bulk on sites like Save-On-Crafts and Bramble Berry. They typically range in cost from $5- $25 for a 1 lbs bag – which is a lot!
2. Fragrance oil. Bramble Berry has a large selection at great cost. The beautiful dark amber colored bottled for my fragrance oil in this shoot were the actual bottles the fragrance came in. We simply replaced the labels with our own.
3. Something to put it in. Inspired brides can either provide jars that their guest can take home, or other items such as muslin or organza bags. Because the tea bath mixture looks so pretty I decided to use jars for this shoot. Just like loose leaf tea, the tea bath will need to seep in your bath with either a fabric or muslin bag. A wire mesh tea infuser is a great option too if you have one. A simple step instruction sheet displayed nicely can provide guest with a clear understanding of what to do.

tea bath favor bar

tea bath favor

boho tent

And the inviting lounge space, staged in the sweetest lace tent, was another design element we really loved.

boho tent

boho tent

vintage books

bohemian woodland inspiration

bohemian woodland inspiration

bohemian woodland inspiration

Don’t you wish you could just jump right into that cozy fall setting? We know we do. Thanks so much to everyone involved with this shoot for sharing!

photography: Jessica Charles Photography // planning + design: Ever After Barn // florals: Taylormade Wedding and Event Florals // venue: Ever After Barn // assisted styling: Oh Hello Events // stationery: Invitation Consultants // hair + makeup: Lasting Luxe // desserts: Two Prince Bakery Theater

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